wireless & ubuntu

I'm serious. I need to have some advice on exactly which wireless card will work with WPA or WPA2 and out of the box with Ubuntu 7.04. USB would be nice, but PCMCIA is okay too. Can any Ubuntu folks give me a product name and model to go buy and be able to configure without ndiswrappers or other such nonsense?

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Re: I have been converted

[quote=db] After installing Feisty Fawn Ubuntu on 2 laptops and 2 desktops, I have been converted.[/quote] Excellent. Welcome to the club :) If you're interested, feel free to join the [url=https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IndianaTeam]Indiana Ubuntu Local Community Team[/url]

I gave up...and just used ndiswrapper

I got my WPC54G wireless card working with ndiswrappers. I was reluctant because I never did get WPA working with my old Fedora Core 4 system. I bit the bullet and installed Ubuntu Fiesty Fawn over the top of it, and then using Synaptic I installed ndiswrappers and ndisgtk as well as ndiswrappers-tools. Then I ran "Windows Wireless Drivers" which appears under the Administration menu, and added the .inf file from the windows install disk. I then had to manually run the following commands:

ndiswrapper -m
echo ndiswrapper >> /etc/modules

Then it didn't work on reboot so I ran lsmod and saw the bcm43xx driver was still being loaded!!!

I then but the following line in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.

blacklist bcm43xx

Then on reboot, ndiswrapper uses the windows driver and all is working. I still would like a native linux driver, but since I have 2 of these cards, I just used them rather than buy a new one since you all couldn't recommend a good USB wireless option for linux. ;^>~

I have been converted.

After installing Feisty Fawn Ubuntu on 2 laptops and 2 desktops, I have been converted. Here is my "install" experience that might be helpful to someone.

Machine 1:
Dell P3 550MHz Desktop with 384M RAM
Nvidia GForce MX400 64M RAM Video
3COM 3c905c wired network card
Turtle Beach sound card
Results:
Installed perfectly with no issues and worked with some slight tweaks to use the nvidia restricted driver. I put the line:
DISABLED_MODULES="nv"
in the /etc/defaults/linux-restricted-modules-common file. Added the line:
Option "DynamicTwinView" "FALSE"
in the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file under the "Device" section. Required a single reboot.

Machine 2:
Dell P3 1GHz Desktop with 512M RAM
Nvidia GForce FX5200 128M RAM Video
3COM 3c905c wired network card
Intel on-board sound card
Results:
Installed perfectly with no issues and worked with some slight tweaks to use the nvidia restricted driver. I put the line:
DISABLED_MODULES="nv"
in the /etc/defaults/linux-restricted-modules-common file. Added the line:
Option "DynamicTwinView" "FALSE"
in the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file under the "Device" section. Required a single reboot.

Machine 3:
Dell P3 1.2GHz Dell Latitude C400 with 256M RAM
Intel i830 Video
Intel on-board broadcomm wired network card
Intel on-board sound card
D-Link DWL G650 wireless card
Results:
Installed perfectly with no issues and worked after enabling the Atheros madwifi driver. Essentially worked OUT OF THE BOX with a single GUI tool tweak and reboot.

Machine 4:
Dell P4 2.4GHz Dell Inspiron 5500 with 512M RAM
ATI Radeon Mobile 64M Video
Intel on-board broadcomm wired network card
Intel on-board sound card
Linksys WPC54G wireless card
Results:
Installed perfectly with no issues and worked after running synaptic, installing ndiswrappers (see above thread for details). Required a single reboot.

Finally I might note the following, I have a company issued laptop with the following specs that ran the Ubuntu Live CD perfectly!!! The graphics worked in 1440x900, the wireless card worked great, the sound and dvd writing worked too! OUT OF THE BOX! I'd highly recommend the following laptop for installing Ubuntu onto, if I won't violate company policy by installing it on there.

Specs:
Dell Core2 Duo T5600 @ 1.83GHz with 1G RAM
NVidia Quadro NVS 110M Video with 512M RAM (1440x900)
Broadcomm NetXtreme Gigabit wired on-board network card
Intel on-board sound card
Intel pro-set 3945ABG wireless
Results:
EVERYTHING WORKED OUT OF THE BOX!

'Nuff said!

Cheers,
Dave Brown